First off, I hope you are now figuring out that I’ve been piecing together all of my ZILCH pictures with my recent posts and the following more to come. Thanks for the blog love on that post.
I was never a big fan of California Missions but San Juan Capistrano completely changed that. I felt like I bit my tongue as San Juan Capistrano completely busted my chops. It then urged me to visit 4 more Missions in under 2 weeks.
For one, it has the most popular bells of all missions.
I was paying good attention to the tourist guide when she talks to the group about the bells. Don’t mark my words, I did not have a badge. I was not part of the tour. I was only eavesdropping. 😛 For what it’s worth, I’m glad they didn’t call me out on it. I wast even being nonchalant about it. I was seriously eavesdropping standing close to the tour guide. 😀 Based on what I had overheard, they ring the bell whenever there’s a burial in the community. They do it no matter how many deaths are there.
The very neat thing about San Juan Capistrano is the ruins of this great stone church where parts of it survived when an earthquake devastated the place.
They aptly named it “Great Stone Church”, 😀 and dubbed by architects the “American Acropolis”.
San Juan Capristrano also has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use….
… a chapel built in 1782. Known alternately as “Serra’s Chapel”. Junipero Serra sounds like a stand-up guy in his days to have his names appearing all over the places in California. An old post – What Are You Looking At?
Out of the 5 Missions I visited, San Juan Capistrano has the best looking courtyard thus far.
The real attention stealer … a Koi and lilies pond.
San Juan Capistrano raised the bar high. Plus, it saved my sanity when my travel destinations that week didn’t satisfy me. I just saw the sign while driving and I immediately took the exit. *wink* It most certainly changed my misconception that I wont like going to missions. I now hoping to see all 21 California Missions during my stay here in California.
Guess what after my coffee have in every foot of its posts. I can picture premdev going to all these coffee shops with a camera handy, taking pictures of the brew. The write-ups are very direct to the point, just short and sweet. A light, lively and charming blogger, premdev always took a light approach. Then, every blogpost closes with a purchase of coffee anywhere premdev has gone to. My most favorite – a visit to venice canals. Sit back, relax and get caffeinated!
More Linkage from previous Featured Blogs:
Debra of Breathe Lighter loves to dig the pasts. She is very well aware of the many California history including its missions. She recently posted about San Gabriel Mission.
LuAnn of Paint your Landscape goes in-depth with the history and other facts about San Juan Capistrano.